Stage and theater calendar
Seattle Opera: Puccini's "Madama Butterfly," where cultures collide in passion, betrayal and love. Performances scheduled through May 20, McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer St., Seattle. Tickets are $25 to $209 at www.seattleopera.org or 800-426-1619.
"It Shoulda Been You": This perfect wedding maybe didn't have a chance what with a Jewish bride, a Catholic groom and the bride's ex-boyfriend crashing the scene -- not to mention some other surprises; 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays and 7 p.m. Sundays through May 20, Everett Performing Arts Center, 2710 Wetmore Ave., Everett. Tickets are $20 to $56. Call 425-257-8600 or villagetheatre.org. Mature content.
"Absurd Person Singular": This wildly funny and bittersweet farce focuses on three couples and what kind of behind-the-scenes disasters occur at Christmas parties; 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays May 25 through June 17 at Phoenix Theatre, 9673 Firdale Ave., Edmonds. Tickets are $18.20 adults, $15.50 seniors, military. Call 206-533-2000 or brownpapertickets.com.
"Leaving Iowa": We are reminded with this humor-filled show that the journey is more important than the destination as we watch Don travel cross-country to scatter his father's ashes; performs at various times through June 16, Taproot Theatre Company, 204 N 85th St., Seattle. Tickets range from $22 to $37. Call 206-781-9707 or www.taproottheatre.org.
"I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change": The production spans the three main events in a relationship with courting, marriage and kids by following four actors who play more than 40 roles; "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change" opens at 7:30 tonight at Seattle Musical Theatre (formerly Civic Light Opera), 7120 62nd Ave. NE, Seattle. Shows are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through May 20. Tickets are $35 to $40. Go to www.seattlemusicaltheatre.org or call the box office at 206-363-2809. The production is rated PG-13.
"An Evening With Groucho": Frank Ferrante, the award winning and internationally renowned comedic actor, stages his virtuoso tribute to Groucho Marx; at various times through May 20, ACT Theatre, 700 Union St., Seattle. Tickets are $30, $15 and $5 for teens. Call 206-292-7676 or www.acttheatre.org.
"The Pitmen Painters": Art and class collide as a group of Northern English miners unexpectedly ascend to the top of the art world; performances through May 20, ACT Theatre, 700 Union St., Seattle. Tickets start at $37.50. Call 206-292-7676 or online www.acttheatre.org.
"Damn Yankees": This sinfully funny musical comedy is the story of an aging baseball fan who makes a deal with the Devil so his beloved hometown team can beat the Yankees in the race for the pennant, with songs such as "Two Lost Souls" and the sultry "Whatever Lola Wants, Lola Gets"; runs through May 20, The 5th Avenue Theatre, 1308 Fifth Ave., Seattle. Tickets start at $19. Call 206-625-1900 or go to www.5thavenue.org.
"First Date, A New Musical": In co-production with The 5th Avenue Theatre, this story asks the question: Ever been on a date and wondered what the other person was thinking? This new musical comedy lets you peer inside the nervous and busy minds of two would-be lovebirds; shows at various times through May 20, ACT Theatre, 700 Union St., Seattle. Tickets start at $55. Call 206-292-7676 or go to www.acttheatre.org.
"Million Dollar Quartet": It happened that fabled night when fate put four great musicians together for an unforgettable jam session; at various times through May 20 at The Paramount, 911 Pine St., Seattle. Tickets start at $25. Call 877-784-4849 or go to stgpresents.org, tickets.com.
"Caliente": Teatro Zinzanni's latest show is directed by Ricardo Salinas of "Culture Clash." There's a bit of a social commentary in this Latin-themed show that combines dinner, comedy, a bit of theater and incredible acrobatics; performances are Thursday through Saturday at 6:30 p.m. Sundays at 5:30 p.m. with occasional Wednesday evening performances at 6:30 p.m. through June 10. Midday matinees begin at 11:30 a.m. on select Sundays, Teatro ZinZanni, 222 Mercer St., Seattle Tickets start at $106 at www.dreams.zinzanni.org or 206-802-0015.
"As You Like It": The Seattle Shakespeare Co. presents this comedy about romance and how to woo in the woods with 15 actors and original music; opening 7:30 p.m. May 30 and at various times through June 24 at Center House Theatre at Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St., Seattle. Tickets start at $15. Call 206-733-8222 or online at www.seattleshakespeare.org.
"One Slight Hitch": A new work by comedian and "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" commentator Lewis Black who explores the zany pitfalls of a lavish Jewish wedding; opens with previews at 8 p.m. June 8 and at various times through July 8 at ACT Theatre, 700 Union St., Seattle. Tickets start at $37.50 for adults. Call 206- 292-7676 or www.acttheatre.org.
Third annual Festival of Shorts: Auditions are 2 p.m. May 19 and 5 p.m. May 20 at Driftwood Players, 306 Main St., Edmonds. Sign up for an appointment at www.driftwoodplayers.com or call: 425-774-9600. Playwright finalists display their most innovative 15 minutes of stage-time and you get to choose the winner. You will be auditioning for all four directors, Roy Arauz, Ted Jaquith, Diane McClure and David Alan Morrison.
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